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Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: Avon Inspire
Publication Date: 2008
|Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.31 (inches)|
Series: Piper Cove Chronicles
Wedding Bell Blues, Piper Cove Chronicles Series #1Linda WindsorAvon Inspire / 2007 / Trade Paperback$11.66 Retail:4 Stars Out Of 5 16 Reviews
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Ellen isn't sure true love exists. That is until she landscapes the estate of the widower next door, Adrian Sinclair. Adrian has it all—at least on the surface. A successful businessman, he's engaged to a beautiful woman and he'll soon have a stepmom for his troubled son, Pete. Yet from the moment Ellen rescues a stranded Adrian on her Harley, his well-ordered world turns upside down. With his business under investigation for espionage and his son pushing for the tomboy next door as his new mom, Adrian's facade of happiness shatters.
As Ellen and Pete bond, she realizes that Adrian is about to marry the wrong woman. Despite her resolve to remain “neighbors only,” Ellen is drawn to Adrian. But how can she be the one when he's engaged to a sophisticated beauty who is everything Ellen isn't?
As Ellen's three best friends step in to help her navigate this uncharted territory, Ellen must ask herself whether she's ready to risk the heart that she's always held close. Will Ellen trust that God brought this family into her life for a reason? Or will fear cause her to turn away from God's plan and her one true chance at love?
Maryland author Linda Windsor has written some twenty-nine historical and contemporary novels for both the secular and inspirational markets, but she is most noted for delivering “The Lift of Laughter and Spirit” in her modern inspirational romances. A Christy finalist and winner of numerous industry awards, Linda has written for Multnomah Publishing (historical fiction and contemporary romances), Barbour Publishing (romcom novella), and Westbow Press (the Moonstruck romantic comedy trilogy). Wedding Bell Blues, the first book in her new The Piper Cove Chronicles series, is featured on Avon Inspire's launch list.
In addition to writing and doing fiction-writing workshops at conferences across the country, Linda continues a music and lay speaking ministry started by her and her late husband, and she is a part-time financial analyst. She also works on “as desperately needed” home improvement projects on the 18th-century-plus house that she and her husband began restoring in 1986. Wallpaper and paint are definitely in her near future.
“Combines the perfect amount of romance with a touch of intrigue, as imperfect characters find their strength in God and each other. The setting is an exciting and fascinating part of the story.”
Cathleen Cole2 Stars Out Of 5April 18, 2010Cathleen ColePeople shouldn't be so eager to hand out a high rating when there is so much work needed in a story. Usually the kids are great in stories, but Pete [Peter] just doesn't cut it, nor do any of the other characters. Genuinely disappointing tale without depth in plot and character development, Christian message, and entertainment value.
Ashley4 Stars Out Of 5January 1, 2009AshleyThis is a really good book! I loved the story line and the characters. I can't wait for the 3rd one to come out!
Glenda FowlowAge: 35-444 Stars Out Of 5May 1, 2008Glenda FowlowAge: 35-44Ellen's big heart won me over to this tale, especially her love for Pete. Teaching him to ride her motorcycle, the water adventures, getting to know his new environs, etc. really portrayed her huge heart. That's what makes this story worth reading. I found Adrian a tad too naive regarding Selena for credibility, but I loved how he pursued Ellen's safety.
Rel Mollet5 Stars Out Of 5March 24, 2008Rel MolletFrom her engaging humour, entertaining yet substantial characters and fabulous storytelling, Linda Windsor's books shine and For Pete's Sake is no exception. Ellen and Adrian's attraction is instantaneous but the circuitous route required to act on it and numerous hurdles in their way, including a scheming fiancee, a marginalised young boy and an interfering mother, combine to make a top notch comedic romance. Ellen's friends return to encourage and frustrate, hinting at storylines to come and as always, Linda infuses her tale with genuine and relevant faith threads. Linda's writing captivates me every time and I look forward to more of the Piper Cove Chronicles in the future.
Cara5 Stars Out Of 5March 19, 2008CaraLinda Windsor is back with a delightful romance that kept my interest from page one. And youve seen any of my other reviews, you know how much I dont like straight romance. Usually there has to be some other hook to the book. For Petes Sake focuses on Ellen Brittingham, one of a group of four friends who have stayed close since high school. Ellen doesnt quite fit in. Shes tomboy whos comfortable on her Harley, loves to have her hands in the dirt, and isnt even sure true love exists. Then Adrian Sinclair moves in next door. Hes got a great car, a son, a yard that needs Ellens help, and a fiance. Ellen befriends Adrians awkward son, and soon finds herself drawn to the father even though she tells everyone who will listen hes taken.Ellen and Adrian each have a depth that pulled me in. I wanted to see how they would resolve the issues of their friendship. The tug of war they feel between each other and their responsibilities was so true to life. Here are two people trying to do the right thing, and wondering if it might not be the wrong thing after all.